6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 24, 2017 9:17 PM by reindeer4

    Primary text frame and columns

    reindeer4 Level 1

      Hi - relatively new to In Design and laying out a digital magazine with lots of articles (over 30).  Want to set things up so most pages will have 3 columns - and have done that on the A Master.  Also want to use a 'Primary text' box on the A Master. 

       

      Generally speaking, I'd like to place an article and have it flow across multiple pages, with 3 columns on each page - and i'll later add images and pull quotes and ads to break up the text columns.

       

      Would like to start each article with a Title that spans all three columns.

       

      And it seems like the Master sets things up so there are 3 separate text frames on each page (rather than one primary frame divided into 3 columns) - so when I select my title and set to Span All, nothing happens.

      Could someone explain the correct way to set this up.

       

      Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Primary text frame and columns
          Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Hi,

          "Span All" means span all columns of the text frame the paragraph sits in.

          So you need one primary text frame with three columns.

           

          Regards,
          Uwe

          • 2. Re: Primary text frame and columns
            rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Also, a Primary Text Frame is just a master page item that is automatically overridden when a new page is added based on that master. It's really just a convenience so you don't have manually override the frame as pages are added.

             

            On the page a primary text frame will respond to its master in the same way as any overridden master page item will.

            • 3. Re: Primary text frame and columns
              jane-e Adobe Community Professional

              Unless you want one long article, another choice is to skip the primary text frame on the master.

               

              Put 5-6 columns on the master to use as a grid and then draw frames on the pages. This will give you more flexibility with 30 articles. One frame can go across 3 columns and the title can span all 3. Another can go across 2 columns. Another article can go across 5 columns and be in a box, etc.

              • 4. Re: Primary text frame and columns
                rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                I would think Uwe's Span Columns would be less complex and easier to adjust. The span rules can be added to the header's paragraph style. Here's a 3 column primary text frame:

                 

                Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 10.23.43 AM.png

                 

                Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 10.26.09 AM.png

                • 5. Re: Primary text frame and columns
                  rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  And it seems like the Master sets things up so there are 3 separate text frames on each page (rather than one primary frame divided into 3 columns) - so when I select my title and set to Span All, nothing happens.

                   

                  You have to watch out for the difference in the page's Margin and Columns setup vs. the text frame's Text Frame Options.

                   

                   

                  The page's Margins and Columns is only adding margin and column guides to the page and has nothing to do with the number of columns in a text frame

                   

                   

                  Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 10.44.10 AM.png

                   

                  Here I have a 2 column text frame on a page with guides for 3 columns:

                   

                  Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 10.44.46 AM.png

                   

                  Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 10.49.10 AM.png

                  • 6. Re: Primary text frame and columns
                    reindeer4 Level 1

                    Thanks for the help.  Understand better about multiple text frames within a page and span functionality.